Distant Divas

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A1998101719981026

In the first of two programmes, Kate Mosse celebrates women singers from around the world. Um Kalthum (1904-1975) mesmerised the Arab world with her melancholy love songs and exceptional voice. She rose to stardom from humble beginnings, embracing Nasser's pan-Arab ideals. At her funeral, over three million people followed her cortege through the streets of Cairo. Rana Kabbani discusses her life.

A011998102419981102

In the first of two programmes, Kate Mosse celebrates women singers from around the world. Um Kalthum (1904 - 1975) mesmerised the Arab world with her melancholy love songs and exceptional voice. She rose to stardom from humble beginnings, embracing Nasser's pan-Arab ideals. At her funeral, over three million people followed her cortege through the streets of Cairo. Rana Kabbani discusses her life.

A02 LAST1998103119981109

In the second of two programmes, Kate Mosse celebrates women singers from around the world. The magical voice of Lata Mangeshkar, known as the nightingale of India, has dominated the Indian film music industry over the past fifty years. Journalist Amit Roy analyses her extraordinary career.